When You Gotta Find The Fairway

Fix that weak drive to the right with help from Rickie Fowler and Butch Harmon.

Released on 7/6/2015

Credits

Starring: Rickie Fowler and Butch Harmon
Director: Blake Behnam

Transcript

00:03
Well, you've been bombing this driver lately.
00:05
Let's see you hit a couple.
00:06
You got it, Butch.
00:11
What in the world was that?
00:14
(glass breaking)
00:16
Man, I'm outta here.
00:19
(rock music)
00:25
Well, we all know you don't hit drives like that
00:27
with a big slice, but in reality, when you're at home,
00:29
at the club, and you see guys on the range,
00:31
or when I'm here at the golf school,
00:32
most the people we see hit a weak slice.
00:35
Let's talk a little bit about why they hit slices
00:37
and what causes it.
00:40
I think a lot of it starts from the setup
00:42
and from the way they take the club away.
00:44
I mean, talk about amateurs, I mean definitely
00:46
have a big gap in their game.
00:47
It's consistency off-the-tee, proper setup, takeaway,
00:50
just allowing themselves to make a good swing.
00:52
One of the first things that you and I did
00:53
when I went to work with you a couple years ago
00:55
was to change your posture a little,
00:57
'cause you had your head buried down in here,
01:00
you couldn't make a full turn,
01:01
so let's see ya set up to one in a good athletic position.
01:04
Remember, golf swing is an athletic move.
01:07
You gotta be ready to respond.
01:08
The setup is the key and being a consistent driving
01:11
the golf ball, hitting a lot of fairways,
01:13
so we'll see if we can clean that up a bit.
01:17
If you can see the lines are square here.
01:19
See his chin's up off his chest.
01:21
You get good posture.
01:23
Now, from here, see this move that Ricky made right here?
01:25
This is one of the biggest changes that we made
01:27
in your golf swing a couple years ago.
01:28
You used to take the club outside your hands going back,
01:31
and I see that a lot in the average player.
01:33
So we had you go there.
01:35
You've actually incorporated that
01:36
into your waggle on every shot.
01:38
Yeah, just give myself a feeling of where I wanna go.
01:40
The first movement off the ball is so crucial,
01:42
making sure that at times, we talked about being deliberate,
01:45
making sure it's the right tempo.
01:47
You get to quick off the ball,
01:48
and that throws off the whole swing.
01:50
Boy, I'll tell you what.
01:50
Tempo's so important 'cause the high handicaps
01:53
you and I see, they swing as hard as they can
01:55
just in case they hit it.
01:56
They have no tempo.
01:57
Alright, let's go up to the top of the swing and stop,
01:59
and I'll show everybody what causes the slice.
02:02
Okay, you're in a good position here.
02:05
When you make a good swing, your weight transfers,
02:07
your hands and arms just drop to this position.
02:10
With a high handicapper with a slicer,
02:12
they start with all their motion over the top.
02:15
Club comes down too steep and wipes across,
02:17
and they've got no chance.
02:18
It's gonna look like a wounded flamingo
02:20
coming in for a landing to the right.
02:22
It has no power in it at all.
02:23
Yeah, the big thing, having the lower body.
02:26
That has to really drive and get everything going
02:28
to create that power and get in the right position.
02:30
A good thought for the average guy
02:31
is when you feel like you transfer your weight,
02:34
let that right shoulder stay back a little
02:35
and just feel like you're hitting the inside
02:37
of that golf ball and swinging it out to the right.
02:39
Remember, to get out of hitting the ball to the right,
02:42
you have to swing to the right.
02:43
What do you think you've picked up
02:44
in the past year-and-a-half?
02:45
About 10, 12 yards on your drive, maybe?
02:48
Yeah, easy 10 yards.
02:49
That's nice, how come you didn't
02:50
Straight and 10 yards. give me 10 yards?
02:53
Nah, you're passing it on to me.
02:54
Okay, that's good.
02:55
Let's see you bomb one, here.
02:57
Show 'em how it's supposed to look.
02:59
(club striking balls)
03:02
Oh yeah, yeah, that looked like one of those drives
03:04
you powered down 18 at the TPC when you won this year.
03:08
Those ones worked out just fine.
03:09
Let's just keep doing that.
03:10
You got it, Butch.
03:12
(club striking ball)
03:15
Hey, dude, no more slices for you.
03:18
You got that right.
03:19
Hey, cheers my man. Cheers.
03:20
(glass breaking)
03:22
Uh, really?
03:28
(rock music)
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